I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the old adage, change is good, have you not?
Well, as of nowadays, things have changed in the town of Eschede. It’s not as if the town changed federal states, or anything like that. Nope, it changed from the Collective Municipality Eschede to just the “town” of the same name.
What’s the big deal? Nothing too much, really. The place is still located in the Südheide Nature Park, which is part of the larger Lüneburg Heath, so it’s just wonderfully located to rent a bicycle or grab your most comfortable pair of walking to enjoy the greenery.
In fact, the Lutter Radwanderweg is a great route to learn all of Eschede’s finer points along its 21 “stops.”
Ambitious types might prefer to tackle the 51km cycling route through the nature park and heath region, or see if you can handle the longer 62km route.
Not for me, if you don’t mind, I’d rather take a leisurely stroll along the pretty ponds — a hiking route that’s only a mere 11km long. The Jakobusweg, or the Way of St. James, also comes through Eschede — so make sure you bring your Pilgrimage passport along for the ride (I mean walk) as you come by the Johanniskirche (rebuilt in 1713) to see its destroyed bells in the graveyard. ;-)
Horse back riding on the Jakobusweg might be considered cheating, but it’s perfectly OK if you’re just riding around the region. Many of the horse trails bring you along picturesque farms and old manor houses.
Be sure not to miss the old manor in the village of Habighorst. The house itself dates to the 1700s, while the whole estate’s been operational since the late 1600s.
And what’s being outdoors without seeing any local wildlife? Um, wait a second… leopards aren’t indigenous to Germany are they?
Ah, who cares, you can see some 60+ species of animals at the Filmtier-Park Eschede; and the Nature Park Information Center is full of exhibits on the local landscape and the animals that really are indigenous to this region.
Speaking of indigenous, painter Albert King was born here in the late 19th century. To celebrate a local boy done good, the town has a museum of his works, open Tuesdays to Sundays. Sorry, if you’re here from November to April, the museum’s only open on the weekends.
Whatever you choose to do and see in Eschede, you’re sure to work up a hearty appetite. So, good thing you’ll find all kinds of cafes, restaurants, bistros, and everything in between for a nosh — then go work it off at one of the swimming pools or miniature golf course.
While change might be good, you don’t want to see the scale changing to a higher number, do you? ;-)